To celebrate the Center's 15th birthday, we're creating a Superzine filled with IPRC memories, writing and artwork by 30+ contributors.
Back in 1998, the Independent Publishing Resource Center was born inside a tiny office space with a single copy machine, a coffee maker, and a stack of zines. Fifteen years later, the IPRC is a vital and vibrant community resource, now occupying a dynamic new 4,000 sq. ft. space, featuring Screenprinting and Letterpress studios, fourteen state-of-the-art Mac computers, two classrooms, a Creative Writing and Comics School, an art gallery, bindery, and one of the largest Small Press & Zine Libraries in the country. What was once a scrappy little Center continues to grow and grow--and this June it's turning the big 15!
We hope you'll join us in celebrating this major milestone in the IPRC's history. Please save the date for the IPRC's 15th Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 15, 2013. In advance of the event, we’re putting together a special "15" Superzine, featuring memories, writing and artwork about the IPRC by a select group of supporters, members, volunteers and staff. Superzine contributors include the likes of Carson Ellis, Sarah Mirk, "Dishwasher" Pete Jordan, Nicole Georges, Lori D, Carye Bye, Rebecca Gilbert, Asher Craw, AM O'Malley, Breena Wiederhoeft, Patrick Devine, Suzette Smith, Paul Nama, Delphine Bedient, Lia Cunningham, Michael D'Alessandro, Justin Hocking and many, many more.
We're reaching out for support to design, publish, and print the Superzine. Funds will help us purchase enough cover stock and paper to publish over 1,000 copies. We'll also pay a friendly IPRC letterpress supervisor to print custom zine covers in our letterpress studio. The Superzine will be a major community project, with copying, production and stapling support from our 50+ Open Hours volunteers.
Funds from the Superzine project will also assist the IPRC in completing an exterior renovation, so the space will look amazing just in time for the big birthday event. Plans include two all-glass roll-up garage doors to let in more light, new paint for the entire building, and much-needed signage for the Center.
$6,000 is the minimum we need to raise via Kickstarter; we're actually hoping to raise more than $10,000 in this campaign. Every Kickstarter donation is an investment in the IPRC's promising future--and also in your own creative future, especially since all contributions above $35 score you an IPRC membership/renewal. And thanks to a generous donation from IPRC Resource Council Member Ron Nugent, the first $500 in donations will be matched, one-for-one!
Thank you for supporting the IPRC's 15th Birthday Superzine and renovation efforts!
PS: We just added a couple great new incentives:
These letterpress greeting cards were handmade by IPRC volunteer Caitlin Harris. Donate at the $50 and receive a three-pack--only a few left!
Donors at the $75 level will receive a special edition IPRC 15 Anniversary Tshirt. Only 5 remaining! (Female sizes only)
Finally, we received an amazing comic submission from the one and only Carson Ellis, of Wildwood Fame. In this sequence, she makes the fateful decision to show some teenage art students her old comic from the IPRC's zine library. However, as her young students soon discover, the comic contains a racy self-portrait by the artist! To read about the scandalous conclusion, pledge at the $25 or higher level and receive a Superzine.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Since the IPRC is fully equipped to produce zines & independent publications, we don't anticipate too many risks. On occasion our copiers jam or require service, but we do pay a professional service provider to maintain the machines. Another challenge is the actual securing of writing and artwork by the 40+ contributors who've been invited to contribute. All of the individuals listed above have committed to contributing to the 15 Superzine. We will send them reminders as the deadline approaches. We anticipate that not all of the 40+ individuals who've been invited will contribute, but since we have confirmation from key supporters like Carson Ellis, Breena Wiederhoeft, Sarah Mirk, Rebecca Gilbert and others, we feel certain that we can still compile an excellent Superzine, which will celebrate the IPRC and share important stories from the Center's 15-year history.
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